Kansas University Medical Center: Faculty Preceptors for IPE

Member since: December 2014

Intervention: Developing Preceptors for Interprofessional Practice and Education


  • University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) Interprofessional Teaching Clinic (IPTC)
  • Five rural primary care clinics

Occupations represented: Students and professionals including clinical psychologists, health information managers, lawyers, nurses, occupational therapists, pharmacists, physical therapists, and physicians.

OverviewIn an effort to enhance primary care delivery, this intervention develops an interprofessional practice and education (IPE) curriculum for preceptors who are jointly affiliated with both health care education and clinical practice.  The preceptor is the learner first, then they develop an interprofessional learning IN practice experience for learners at their site to apply their newly acquired knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors. 

The educational objectives of the interprofessional preceptor development curriculum include  understanding interprofessional collaboration, improving interprofessional facilitation skills, changing practice/precepting behavior, enhancing team-based care and including interprofessional learners in practice, modifying perceptions about team care, building knowledge and skills for team care and introducing the benefits of team care to service delivery.  The preceptor development curriculum was created locally for the prototypical interprofessional learning IN practice model and refined for a national audience.

A packaged preceptor development toolkit has been developed that includes online learning modules, preceptor development active-learning materials,  and interprofessional educational curricular materials to be used to enhance the practice-based experience for learners.

Within the prototypical interprofessional learning IN practice model at KUMC, preceptors have undergone this development and the model has been sustained for five years.  Patient impact is measured by tracking patient health and overall patient satisfaction.

Three additional rural clinics agreed to transforming to an interprofessional learning IN practice model within the last year.  Materials from the preceptor development toolkit were used and then the interprofessional learners were integrated into the practice.  The impact on learners and preceptors are being measured.

Intervention study questions:

  • What is the effect of an interprofessional preceptor development program on preceptor and learner satisfaction, attitudes, knowledge, skills and behavior?
  • What is the impact of an interprofessional teaching clinic on patient outcomes?